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Today, Red Bull Studios announce the return of Raise The Bar, a platform searching for the hottest underground talent and challenging them to take their music to the next level. The second edition of the series is open to all budding rappers and vocalists, offering access to the state of the art Studios and leading producers in the scene. Five of the finest entrants will ultimately get the chance to record with Afrobeats production trio Team Salut, in the Red Bull Studios, London.

Three self-taught multi-instrumentalists, Team Salut met in London, and quickly fused their roots, from Africa’s West Coast to Ghana, Sierra Leone to Nigeria. They have worked alongside some of the genre’s biggest names including Not3s, Tion Wayne, Afro B, Sneakbo, Yxng Bane, and Geko whilst producing Eugy x Mr Eazi’s anthem of the year ‘Dance For Me’.

Raise The Bar’s format for the competition is simple; aspiring artists must perform their lyrics over Team Salut’s instrumental ‘Lover’ – which is available at www.redbull.co.uk/raisethebar. Artists must be over the age of 18 years old to submit.

Presenting up-and-coming artists with a unique opportunity to showcase their talent and reach new heights, Red Bull Studios will invite artists to step into the same Studios used by the likes of A$AP Rocky, Little Simz, Stormzy, and Skepta. Red Bull Studios will be hosting an open studio on February 3rd from 4pm – 9pm, where entrants can jump in the booth and vocal the beat for submission.

Those who can’t make the open studio session can submit via social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) by uploading a clip of themselves rapping or singing over ‘Lover’ and using the hashtag #RaiseTheBar and tagging @RBStudiosLDN. Team Salut will pick ten of their favourite submissions which will then go to a public vote to decide which five artists will make it onto the final track.

As a burgeoning genre in the UK and around the globe, Afrobeats and its subgenres of afrowaveafroswing and afrorap, is growing rapidly. It’s a sound Red Bull continues to support – with last year’s highlights including Nigerian starboy Wizkid holding down the Red Bull Music Academy Carnival Sound System stage at Notting Hill Carnival, hosting Stonebwoy’s album launch and DJ P Montana recording his latest EP at the London studios. Always at the forefront of nurturing emerging talent and pushing boundaries, the Studios have seen many Afrobeats artists pass through recording booths such as Lotto BoyzVianniTion WayneJaij Hollands and Naira Marley.

The first installment of the Raise The Bar series kicked off with grime MCs from all over the UK participating in the event, including MezSnowy, and Dubzy who’s profiles have noticeably grown since. Eyez, who made it onto the final track in the inaugural Raise The Bar with producer Z Dot says; “Raise The Bar helped to make the creative connection that me and Zdot have. I would recommend up and coming musicians to enter this year’s Raise the Bar as it’s a big opportunity with endless possibilities”. 

For more information head to www.redbull.co.uk/raisethebar

Youtube: /RedBullMusic

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